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Citizen Kane (1941)

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Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director:

Orson Welles

Writers:

Herman J. Mankiewicz (original screen play), Orson Welles (original screen play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Cotten ... Jedediah Leland / Screening Room Reporter
Dorothy Comingore ... Susan Alexander Kane
Agnes Moorehead ... Mary Kane
Ruth Warrick ... Emily Monroe Norton Kane
Ray Collins ... James W. Gettys
Erskine Sanford ... Herbert Carter / Screening Room Reporter
Everett Sloane ... Mr. Bernstein
William Alland William Alland ... Jerry Thompson
Paul Stewart ... Raymond
George Coulouris ... Walter Parks Thatcher
Fortunio Bonanova ... Matiste
Gus Schilling ... The Headwaiter / Screening Room Reporter
Philip Van Zandt ... Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus ... Miss Anderson
Harry Shannon ... Kane's Father
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Storyline

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud". The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. Written by Zack H.

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The classic story of power and the press. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film's premiere in Chicago coincided with Orson Welles' 26th birthday on May 6, 1941. See more »

Goofs

In the first flashback, when Thatcher is going through the series of newspapers, two of them ('Traction Trust Bleeds Public White' and 'Copper Robbers Indicted!') have the same story in the first column, 'Kin Help Police Hunt Grave of "Slain" Lawyer'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud...
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Crazy Credits

Orson Welles's name is listed last and among the list of featured roles, instead of leading roles, saving his name as best for last. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some of the Turner prints have the famous RKO logo removed and replaced with the Turner logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Benson: Citizen Kraus (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

In A Mizz
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Charlie Barnet and Haven Johnson
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User Reviews

Perfection
30 July 1998 | by InnsaaneSee all my reviews

Citizen Kane is the perfect film. The story is so detailed, yet told magnificently in just two hours. The meaning of the word Rosebud is something that makes you think about your own life, and what the meaning of love means to you. Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) is a nasty, greedy old man who wants nothing in this world but to please himself. The fact that he can't love anyone is a wonderful touch to the already wonderfully filmed movie. I've seen this movie four times on video, and I'll see it again and again. ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

5 September 1941 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$839,727 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,585,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,594,107
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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